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Women’s partywear: the best going out outfits

Discover the best women’s partywear at The Oracle

From sequin party dresses and going out blouses to black evening dresses and sparkly tops, we’ve rounded-up our favourite fashion buys from The Oracle that’ll see you through the party season in style! This year it’s all about sequins, sparkles and metallics.

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Nothing says partywear like a dress in gold, silver or bronze. And if you’re searching for the perfect one to see you through the party season (and many more to come), look no further. Take your pick from this body con dress, courtesy of Topshop, easy-to-wear shift dresses and statement halterneck styles in rose gold. For the ultimate evening party outfit, team your metallic dress with an elegant pair of black strappy sandals. Concerned about too much bling? Tone things down with opaque tights and swap for elegant courts. Main image: rainbow metallic wrap dress, £65, Topshop; Barely There high sandals, £34, Next; long sparkly earrings, £8.99, H&M Left to right: silver plisse bodycon halter neck dress, £38, River Island; gold sequin dress, £62, Next; bronze sequin mini shift dress, £59, Principles at Debenhams

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Yes, it’s party season – but it’s also winter and freezing. If you don’t fancy barely-there straps, but also don’t want to compromise on style, then invest in a long sleeve dress instead.   To ensure your party dress dazzles rather than dulls, look for elegant detailing and embellishment like lace, embroidery, beading or sequins. Deep V necklines, balloon sleeves and ruffle hems add interest. And if you fancy being daring, go for a short hemline – your arms are covered, after all. Style it up with your favourite faux fur coat and add a glitzy clutch. Main image: blazer dress, £79.99, Zara; envelope clutch bag, £24, Next; long sparkly stone earrings, £9.99, H&M Left to right: metallic embroidered long sleeve dress, £79, Nine by Savannah Miller at Debenhams; fitted lace dress, £29.99, H&M; sequinned velvet dress, £39.99, Zara

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If there’s one item to invest in this season, this is it: the versatile sequin skirt. Don’t blame us if a few of these end up in your wardrobe… We’re head over heels for animal print sequins (Karen Millen and Zara both have amazing skirts), or check out the on-trend oversized sequins on this Next skirt. For after dark, pop on a metallic blouse (sequins and shiny materials are a match made in party heaven!) and choose black suede heels. When the party season’s over, don’t throw it to the back of your wardrobe: swap in a slim grey jumper and complete the look with tights and biker boots. Main image: sequin leopard midi skirt, £175, Karen Millen in House of Fraser; shirt dress, £29.99, Zara; multi leaf drop earring, £35, Whistles in House of Fraser; Cornel suede point pumps, £140, Whistles in House of Fraser Left to right: printed knit skirt with sequins, £49.99, Zara; skirt with sequins, £24.99, H&M; black sequin skirt, £40, Next

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If the dress code for your Christmas night out is ‘jeans and a nice top’, we’ve got exactly what you need with our pick of the best party tops. This Topshop satin camisole is a classic party wardrobe addition: it works just as well with slim cigarette pants, as it does with a fine pleat skirt. Satin and embroidered blouses are also high on our shopping list. This Whistles one with delicate gold polka dots will keep you looking polished and party ready. Throw it on with ankle-grazing jeans and block heels for a festive drink with friends. Main image: satin cowl neck cami, £24, Topshop; green metallic skirt, £50, Next; curve clutch bag, £15, Next; gold thick hoop earrings, £5.99, New Look; resin and gold bangles, £8.99, New Look Left to right: satin blouse, £17.99, H&M; teal sequin cami, £16, Next; Gianni gold dobby blouse, £129, Whistles in House of Fraser